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State Licensing Consultant
Empress Smith is a state licensing consultant with Bates Group’s MSB, FinTech and Virtual Assets practice. A dedicated professional with over a decade of experience in the ARM, Mortgage, and Financial Services industry, Ms. Smith assists Bates clients with state licensing acquisition, renewal, and maintenance, including Money Transmitter and Digital Currency licenses. She has a demonstrated mastery of the Nationwide Multi-State Licensing System (NMLS) and a history of spearheading successful state licensing projects.
Ms. Smith comes from a legal background and has held positions at JP Morgan Chase and an esteemed law firm in Atlanta, GA. She applies her strategic planning skills to design comprehensive solutions for a variety of businesses, making her an invaluable asset to any financial services company.
Art Institute of Atlanta, Computer Science, 2011
Chattahoochee Technical College, Business Administration, 2008
Bates Group LLC, State Licensing Consultant, 2023-Present
Solar Mosaic, Inc., Regulatory Licensing / Compliance Manager, 2021-2023
Astra Business Service, Regulatory Licensing / Compliance Manager, 2015-2021
Place Services, Inc., Project Manager, Compliance Manager, 2013-2015
Cornerstone, Inc., Licensing Manager, 2010-2013
JP Morgan Chase Bank, Senior Contract Manager, 2003-2010
Cobb County (GA) Superior Court, Administrative Assistant, 2000-2003
Burr & Foreman, LLP, Legal Assistant, 1997-2000
Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) – Georgia
Licensed Notary Public – Georgia